Loose Lips

Morning Clicks

Unaccompanied youth, as young as 12, being turned away from homeless shelter. [Post]

Post endorsement goes to Pat Mara. [Post]

Anita Bonds says new councilmember should be a woman. [Examiner]

"Nonfunctional" rooms at spiffy new crime lab. [Times]

Marion Barry and David Catania are friends forever. [Post]

Nice old men who helped Harry Thomas Jr. steal city money sentenced to probation. [WAMU]

Muriel Bowser for mayor: unbeatable? [NBC4]

Not everyone happy about new Barry Farm rec center construction. [NBC4]

Jeanne Clarks Harris court hearing postponed; Thomas Gore's hearing set for next week. [Examiner]

City doesn't really want to keep FBI HQ. [WBJ]

More on Vince Gray's CBE advisory panel. [WBJ]

  • truth hurts

    What's WaPo's record for picking at large winners during the last ten years?

  • A CBE

    I get surprised at some of these so called journalists who don't really do much research but present their facts as if there are nothing but crooks in CBE..We have actually a better and a fairer system than other jurisdictions and it is little more ambitious....I have yet to see an article that shows how other jurisdictions do this same program and trust me every county and in both of our neighboring states and the states themselves have set aside programs. Works just like DC but we get bad name because we are DC..I must agree that there is more brazen political theft here in DC and the program is more politics driven..(There is unnecessary further set aside of 20% for so called disadvantaged business which is narrative of life based experiences and not based on economic hardship which was mandated by Supreme Court). Nevertheless it is a superior program and has created a good tax base..Without this program you will see all lawyers, all companies moving out..After all who wants to pay double the taxes of DC in case of Va and 1 1/2 times taxes of MD?? Or so much higher rents?

  • drez

    What kind of city turns away unaccompanied homeless minors?
    We can do better.

  • drez

    Interesting that those involved in the Gray case are charged with obstruction and that the feds are not yet willing to sentence.
    Gee. I what that might mean.

  • Really?

    Shame on you Mayor Gray and the clown council. These are KIDS. Damn some as young as 12. Have we no heart. Hey Barry and Wells you can push a bill for a playhouse in Ward to receive special treatment with not only a FREE 6 months lease, but also she gets a "do over" when It's her fault she didn't read the parking requirements.

    But YA'LL Homeless kiddies don't get nada! No place to lay your head. No place to feel safe for night.

  • drez

    No shit. Maybe the kids can bunk on stretchers in those out-of-service ambulances.

  • Concerned Senior

    I'm more than concerned about the homeless children. I'd probably have them brought to my humble abode if I didn't think my brood would then ship me off to where they send dotty old ladies.

    That having been said (and correct me if I'm wrong), isn't the Federal Government uttimately responsible for this predicament? How can we blame our local politicians if the Feds cut the funds?

    I remember how dedicated Mayor Gray was to helping disadvantaged youth during his pre-politics years. It is inane to place the blame on him because our unfortunate youth are not being properly cared for by their parents.

    Let's not cast aspersions of calumny. Let's join together to find a way for children of any age to have a safe, dry, warm place to lay their heads and full tummies.

    God Forbid, but what would the facetious blogger do if the stretchers the kids bunked on were suddenly needed to transport his family to a hospital?

  • SEis4ME

    If the city was able to appropriately shelter any and every DC person, there wouldn't currently be mass numbers of the homeless. Fact is, the city can only do so much and no city can save everyone.

    That's unless there's a urban city that has completed eliminated poverty.

    *Wait, what am i thinking. This post will meet the fate of all others I've recently posted. Held in moderation in perpetuity

  • drez

    Got Forbid, but what would the facetious blogger do if the stretchers the kids bunked on were suddenly needed to transport his family to a hospital

    I'd continue to complain about the ambulances being out of service, and continue to blame the administration for that failure, while being glad that at least the kids were not on the street doing whatever they need to do to survive. Perhaps I'd sue, as did the family of Rosenbaum.

    Having been homeless myself and having known other kids who were also homeless, I can say from experience that this is not the time nor is it moral to point the finger at the feds for this.
    This is the time for DC to step up. There is no other acceptable course of action.

  • Chatham

    And Muriel Bowser is pushing a bill that'd spend millions each year giving tax breaks to people earning over $100k. Because those are the true needy people in this city.

  • noodlez

    GOOD FOR THE WHITE, GAY, CONSERVATIVE, REPUBLICAN!
    WAPO GAVE HIM THE KISS OF DEATH!

    WOW SO GAYTANIA RUNS TO BARRY FOR HELP WITH BLACK FOLK SO HIS INITIATIVES WON'T FAIL. JUST LIKE SOME CONNIVING BITCH THINKING THE WAY TO A MAN'S HEART IS THRU HIS STOMACH.
    I HOPE HIS PLANS FOR THE DISTRICT'S FUTURE INCLUDE BETTER AND SMARTER STUDENTS WHO ARE WILLING TO LEARN INSTEAD OF BETTER STATISTICS TO TOUT AS SOME ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ONE'S POLITICAL RESUME!!!

    I SEE YA DOWNTOWN RESIDENT STILL HOPING AND WISHING!!
    LOVE THE STICK-TO-ITIVENESS!
    YOU ON SOME LONE WOLF TYPE SHIT CAUSE ER'BODY ELSE ROLLED OUT ON YA. YOU IN SOME POLITICAL GHOST TOWN HANGING OUT OUT WITH GHOST'S OF POLITICAL PAST!

    I'M SHAKING MY HEAD ON THIS HOMELESS THING AND IT IS A MESS AND SHOULD BE ADDRESSED. WE MUST HAVE A GRADUATED SYSTEM TO GET FOLK HOUSING THAT COME INTO THE SYSTEM. ONCE THEY ARE ADMITTED INTO A SHELTER THERE SHOULD BE SOME SORT OF TRACKING TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE THAT FOLLOWS THEM WITHIN THE HOMELESS SYSTEM.

    DRUG TESTING OF ALL ENTRANTS, SEX EDUCATION, NUTRITIONAL EDUCATION, EDUCATION ADVANCEMENT THAT LEEDS TO JOB PLACEMENT, FACILITIES THAT DON'T ALLOW FOR A REVOLVING DOOR OF WAREHOUSING, RECOGNIZING FOLK THAT ABUSE THE SYSTEM THAT WOULD OCCUPY SPACE THAT COULD BE BETTER UTILIZED BY RESPECTABLE FOLK.

    WHERE IS JASON CHERKIS WHEN YOU YOU NEED HIM?
    one city of many homeless!

  • NE John

    Gaytania's putting what putting in Barry's stomach?

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